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    Default A Look At Some Picks (Week 2)

    It about time we continue with the draft preview and this time I will revise two of the highest rated defenseman in the 2010 NHL draft:

    No3 Cam Fowler/Windsor Spitfires (Actual ranking No5)

    An absolutely wonderful skater that many have compared to the likes of Scott Niedermayer or Duncan Keith. Although having NHL caliber skating ability I did notice he sometimes gets sloppy in his coverage without the puck, although that seems to be one of his rare flaws. His vision and passing ability is also top notch and the lack of physical play can easily be attributed to the strength of the Spitfires. They are so dominant and that limits his defensive minutes. But he can play a physical game if need be. Otherwise, he is the prototype of an outstanding PP quarterback that can rush the puck out of the zone with relative ease. To me, the best asset that Fowler has, besides his skating of course, is his poise with the puck. He rarely makes bad decisions and his breakout passes are something to behold. He has good size (6'1''), mobility and strength in the corners, so once he puts on a few pounds, he'll be an asset for any NHL team that is lucky enough to select him in the draft.

    NHL COMPARISON: Duncan Keith

    No4 Erik Gudbranson/Kingston Frontenacs (Actual ranking No4)

    The toughest, most physically intimidating prospect in this NHL draft alongside Dylan McIlrath. This guy is tough as can be. Similar to Chris Pronger, he brings an element of fear in an opponents heart. He will fight, hit and all that with a good dose of skill. The kid was named captain of his team when he was just 16 years old which alone speaks volumes about his leadership. He can make good breakout passes and is really poised with the puck in the offensive zone, also has a big time slapshot which he uses effectively. Gudbranson already has NHL ready size and a big, solid frame to build strength which will only help with an already impressive physical play that he brings each and every night. He will bring a lot to a team with his big reach and steady nerves in the back end and most scouts consider him to be a cornerstone defenseman to an NHL franchise.

    NHL COMPARISON: Potentially a more skilled Chris Pronger, or Dion Phaneuf
    Last edited by Kipper; May-26-2010 at 10:46 AM.

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